AUGUST 10, 2023
A quick search for “picnic aesthetic” on Pinterest reveals a plethora of perfectly curated picnic setups that evoke a sense of whimsy and romance. From heart-shaped homemade cakes to bowls of vibrant fruits and bottles of San Pellegrino or pitchers of lemonade, these idyllic scenes are often spread across airy, white linen blankets adorned with beautiful bouquets of wildflowers. Notably absent from these curated picnic pictures are styrofoam cups, paper plates, and plastic utensils. While creating a picturesque photo opportunity is undoubtedly a driving force behind these trends, sustainability also plays a significant role.
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Planning a luxurious picnic date with an ethereal outdoor dining experience is not as daunting as it may seem. Shujan Bertrand, the founder of the sustainable culinary design brand Aplat, highlights the top trend in the al fresco eating space: a focus on using eco-friendly, reusable materials. According to Bertrand, upscale picnics and sustainability go hand in hand. “You’re not going to do a glamorous picnic with paper boxes and Styrofoam boxes—you’re going to use reusable, because that’s what looks good,” she explains. By opting for reusable items, you can create a luxurious picnic setting that aligns with your personal style while minimizing waste.
The popularity of lavish picnics has surged, especially among Gen Z, as a response to the pandemic. With the closure of restaurants, people turned to cottagecore aesthetics and breadmaking, and picnicking became a beloved activity. The trend has persisted, and younger generations have embraced it with open arms. While picnic weddings initially set the tone for a glamorous take on outdoor dining, picnics have now become a casual, everyday affair with upscale qualities. All it takes is a nice cotton blanket or sheet and packing your own plates, glasses, and utensils in totes or picnic baskets.
If you’re looking to elevate your picnic experience further, consider color coordinating your items, bringing pillows or seat cushions for added comfort, and lighting some taper candles. Embrace the soft spring aesthetic with blush tones, baby’s breath, and lace or sheer materials. Anything that exudes an unhurried, breezy energy will seamlessly blend into your picnic setting. However, there are no rules prohibiting you from taking a different approach and creating a moody, whimsigoth or celestial-themed picnic with darker tones and edgier dinnerware. The key element that distinguishes a standard picnic from a luxe one lies in the use of reusable items.
Reducing single-use items is at the forefront of the sustainable picnic trend. Bertrand emphasizes the importance of investing in reusable products, which are becoming increasingly accessible and diverse. By committing to this persistent trend, we can hope to foster a broader behavior change towards sustainability in our everyday lives.
As you plan your summer picnics, remember that glamour and sustainability can coexist beautifully. By incorporating reusable materials into your outings and embracing your personal aesthetic, you can create memorable and environmentally conscious experiences. So, gather your favorite picnic essentials, enjoy the outdoors, and let sustainability and style intertwine for a truly luxurious picnic experience.
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This article was originally published on Better Homes and Gardens.